News en DOL Sues Food Manufacturer For Terminating Employee Who Sought Help for Co-Worker <div class="field-deck"> The owner of Lone Star Western Beef allegedly told a worker to hang up a 911 call for an injured coworker, then fired her. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>When a co-worker severed part of his thumb in July 2014, a food processor at a beef jerky manufacturing plant in West Virginia acted quickly, helping him apply pressure to the wound and using her cellphone to call 911.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> OSHA Safety News OSHA Enforcement Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:49:00 +0000 53081 at Research Projects Protective Footwear Market to Grow 7.5 Percent Annually <div class="field-deck"> A new report has shown an increase in industrial accidents coupled with workplace safety and rapid global development has increased demand for footwear. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The global industrial protective footwear market is set to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.5 percent between 2016 and 2022, according to a new report published by Allied Market Research.</p> <p>As of 2015, the global market is valued at $3.5 billion, with Europe and North America leading in sales. In 2015, the two countries collectively accounted for more than half of the total industrial protective footwear market size, and are expected to continue this trend during the researchers&rsquo; forecast period.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction Foot Protection News Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:47:00 +0000 53071 at Thinkstock Emails from EPA’s Pruitt Reveal Close Ties to Fossil Fuel Industry <div class="field-deck"> Recently released emails reveal that as the Oklahoma Attorney General, Scott Pruitt and his staff members held strategy sessions with energy company officials to combat EPA regulations and encouraged those officials to help draft letters to the federal government. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>In response to a judge&rsquo;s order, the Oklahoma Attorney General&rsquo;s Office on Feb. 21 released 7,564 pages of emails, many of which reveal the close relationship EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt had with a number of energy companies and lobbyists for the industry when he was attorney general.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> EPA Environment News Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:31:00 +0000 53061 at Thinkstock Construction Worker Killed When Pipe Rolls Off a Trailer <div class="field-deck"> The Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of a construction worker who died at the site of the Highway 169 project. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Construction worker David Earl Hyde was killed Feb. 20 when a large metal pipe rolled off a trailer and struck him.</p> <p>According to the state patrol, the 38-year-old Missouri man was assisting in the unloading of large metal pipes from a trailer when a pipe weighing as much as 2,500 pounds landed on him. They said that Hyde died at the scene.</p> <p>According to a statement from Ames, the contractor on the project, &ldquo;the worker was delivering pipe to the project and a section of pipe may have rolled off the delivery truck when the worker unstrapped it.&rdquo;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction Safety News OSHA Enforcement Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:22:00 +0000 53041 at Thinkstock I Spy: Researchers Use Eye-Tracking Technology to Detect Deception <div class="field-deck"> Job interviews might just become a whole lot more interesting and informative if researchers at Iowa State University have anything to say about it. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The average person has about a 50-50 chance of knowing when someone is lying. Iowa State University researchers are using eye-tracking technology to improve those odds, specifically for interviews conducted online.</p> <p>Joey George, John D. DeVries Endowed Chair in Business and a professor of information systems at Iowa State, says people think they can detect deception, but they often looking are at the wrong thing.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety IoT News Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:33:00 +0000 53031 at Iowa State University EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt: From Chief Opponent to Agency Chief <div class="field-deck"> Former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has been tasked to lead the agency he sued 13 times. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>On Feb. 17, Scott Pruitt was sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He subsequently resigned his position as attorney general of Oklahoma.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> EPA Environment Health News Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:02:00 +0000 53021 at <p>EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt addressing EPA employees on Feb. 21.</p> Getty Images Violation Tracker Database Catalogs Corporate Crime, Safety Violations <div class="field-deck"> Violation Tracker compiles company data from 39 different agencies including OSHA whistleblower allegations. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Between Election Day and the inauguration, federal agencies collected more than $20 billion in fines and settlements from corporations.</p> <p>This data along with recent cases is available in an online database called Violation Tracker, a project funded by Good Jobs First&rsquo;s Corporate Research Project.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety News OSHA Enforcement Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:36:00 +0000 53011 at OSHA Renews Corporate VPP Membership for Parsons Corp. <div class="field-deck"> Parsons Corp. is one of five companies in the nation to achieve membership in OSHA's corporate program. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div>Parsons Corp. has been re-approved for membership in OSHA&rsquo;s Corporate Voluntary Protection Program.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>The Pasadena, Calif.-based engineering services firm is one of only five companies in the United States to participate along with Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., Morton Salt Corp., Delta Air Lines and General Electric Co.</div></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership Safety News Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:53:00 +0000 52991 at Supporting a Culture of Caring Can Reduce Injuries and Costs, Improve Performance <div class="field-byline"> Janice Berthold </div> <div class="field-deck"> A senior vice president at an insurance company who is an expert in workers’ compensation insurance shares ways clients have reduced injuries, improved morale, saved money and increased production. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>We recently worked with a company that was having problems getting its employees to use their personal protection equipment (PPE). We convinced management to change its message &ndash; which had been focused on penalties and reprimanding employees who ignored PPE &ndash; to one stressing that using PPE was in the workers&rsquo; best interest, for their own protection. The company even purchased nonslip shoes for all staff and required all workers, even management, to wear them. These actions literally stopped injuries due to slips and falls.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership Health Safety News Wed, 15 Feb 2017 18:22:00 +0000 52961 at Motor Vehicle Deaths in 2016 Estimated to be Highest in Nine Years <div class="field-deck"> Speed, distracted driving, drugs and alcohol continue to contribute to highway fatalities, with 2016 being one of the most deadly years for car crashes in nearly a decade. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Open any newspaper, log on to your local news web site or tune into the evening news and it&rsquo;s obvious we have a problem:</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety News Distracted Driving Wed, 15 Feb 2017 16:36:00 +0000 52951 at <p>Speed, distracted driving, drugs and alcohol continue to contribute to highway fatalities, with 2016 being one of the most deadly years for car crashes in nearly a decade.</p> Getty Images